Country’s biggest stars gathered at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday.
With Kelsea Ballerini, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood and Miranda all nominated in the same category, the competition was fierce and talent was undeniable. But during the evening’s telecast, a familiar face received the award for a history-making nine years in a row.
“I cannot believe this. I really can’t. Thank you so much. I love country music. It is my entire life. I dedicate everything I have to it and for y’all to care so much about what I’m doing, I will never, ever take it for granted,” Miranda shared with the audience. “Thank you so, so much. Praise Jesus, thank Y’all.”
But what best during last night awards was the fact that viewers praised host Reba McEntire for putting politics on the back burner.
McEntire’s opening monologue largely poked fun at herself, with jokes such as, “I first hosted this show in 1986. To put that in perspective, not only was [singer] Kelsea Ballerini not born, her parents weren’t even dating yet.”
Politics have largely dominated award shows, including the Country Music Awards, and many attendees believe they have an obligation, when given a platform, to advocate for their causes.
However, viewers seemed to enjoy the change of pace the ACM Awards offered and relished the break from politics.
Watching the ACM Awards tonight and not one mention about politics. Just good music. Way to go ACM. #ACMAWARDS. 851, 58 and 1
— Tom Griffey (@GriffeyTom) April 16, 2018
I don’t even like country music but I want to watch and support the ACM awards because NO POLITICS! 🙌
— Brye Ashley 👁👁 (@BryeAshley) April 16, 2018
— Katie💕 (@_katie_014) April 16, 2018
Reba just said she was told not to discuss politics or anything, she said you do realize this is country music don’t you. It’s nice to see a show where the music is the thing instead of what celebrities think… #ACMawards
— Chuck Nellis (@ChuckNASCAR) April 16, 2018
— Bradley Stoltz (@bmoneymt) April 16, 2018
According to Programming Insider, the ACM awards garnered a rating of 7.3/12, which means that 7.3 percent of all TV-equipped households and 12 percent of all households watching TV at the time were tuned in to CBS.
In contrast, the Country Music Awards, which was televised live on ABC in November, only had a 3.2/12 rating, according to Deadline.
The night was a full pakcage and we had a little family reunion as Reba and her daugher in law had a performance together!
Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson wowed the crowd when they took to the stage to perform McEntire’s 1993 hit, “Does He Love You.” The collaboration comes as part of the first-ever “ACM Flashbacks,” a series that honors classic country music hits from a specific year — as well as the artists behind them
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